Alpha Eta Mu Beta, National Biomedical Engineering Honor Society

 AEMB News

2018 National Awards
It is now tme to apply for the 2018 National Awards. Please take a few moments to read the award descriptions and send your nominations to the national treasurer Ms. Shayanthony Synigal, BS via email no later than the 3rd of October 2018

2018 Travel Awards
The national travel award information can be obtained here. This year AEMB is offering travel awards of up to $500 per chapter, nationwide to help defray the BMES conference costs for AEMB members. Recipients are highly encouraged to ask their departments or graduate school for matching funds to suppliment the travel award to enable more students to attend the conference. Kindly send in all travel award applications to the AEMB administration via email at no later than the 15th of September 2018 for consideration.

Join our 2018 Minds Scholars program.
Check out the MINDS page for more info on our current program and for the application form, or check out our past projects and participants. Deadline September 12, 2018

2018 National AEMB Events
This year, AEMB is proud to present the following events. More inforamtion will be added in the coming weeks. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Event: Alpha Eta Mu Beta, Mentoring for INnovative Design Solutions (MINDS) Workshop
Date: Thursday, October 18th, 2018
Start Time: 1.00pm - 3.00pm
Location: GWCC Georgia State Room
Session Co-Chairs: Teresa A. Murray, PhD, Alicia Fernandez-Fernandez, PhD, DPT, and Dominic E. Nathan PhD.

Participation in this workshop is by invitation after successfully competing for a spot on a design team to address this year’s design/research topic (please see for application instructions). Students will work in teams of 4 based on similar interests. Each team will have mentors who will assist the team in creating a potentially marketable innovation. The mentors will help students incorporate key design considerations, including (i) market considerations for commercialization,  (ii) regulatory strategy, and (iii) intellectual property protection. After the workshop, students will meet virtually (e.g., via Skype) for up to 5 months to further refine their innovation. They will also be required to produce a more extensive presentation of their product, such as a video for a Kickstarter campaign, or a PowerPoint presentation for a group of potential investors. We will alert participants about opportunities for design contests, investment, and grant programs to further promote and develop their innovations. This program requires a 5 month commitment.

Event: Alpha Eta Mu Beta National Convention
Date: Thursday, October 18th, 2018
Start Time: 4.00pm 
Location: GWCC Georgia State Room
Session Co-Chairs: Teresa A Murray PhD, Alicia Fernandez, PhD, DPT, KErri A. Green, MS, Bahar Dhowan, Lauren Pruett, BS, Shyanthony Synigal, BS, Sara Mohamed, BS, and Dominic E. Nathan PhD.

At this annual grand meeting, members representing chapters nationwide will come together to discuss important contemporary events relating to AEMB. (Attendance is mandatory for all AEMB members). This year is an election year, and we will be soliciting nominations to fill in our national officer positions. Please consider running for a position and serving the society. There will also be several constitution amendments that will be proposed at this meeting. If you would like to learn more about AEMB or start a new chapter at your school, please consider attending this session and speaking to any of the national officers, or stop by our table for more information.

Event: Alpha Eta Mu Beta Annual Reception - Tickets required
Date: Friday, October 19th, 2018
Start Time: 11.30am 
Location: McCormick and Schmick's, Atlanta, Georgia (190 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303)
Session Co-Chairs: Teresa A. Murray PhD, Alicia Fernandez-Fernandez, PhD, DPT, Kerri A. Green, MS, Bahar Dhowan, MS, Lauren Pruett,BS, Shyanthony Synigal, BS, Sara Mohamed, BS, and Dominic E. Nathan PhD.

The Annual AEMB reception will be held at Marjele's Sports Grill (24 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004). New charters and national awards will be presented at this session. Furthermore, this session will serve as a networking opportunity to meet with other fellow members from AEMB chapters, representatives from industry and academia. This session is open to all AEMB student and faculty members. For tickets, please contact

Event: Alpha Eta Mu Beta Annual Ethics Session -  Robot Caregivers and Health Care: Ethical Challenges for Engineers 
Date: Friday, October 19th, 2018
Start Time: 9.00am - 10.15am
Location: GWCC Georgia State Room
Session Co-Chairs: Jason Borenstein, PhD and Shyanthony Synigal, BS

Computing technology is increasingly making its way into health care environments.  This includes the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to assist with medical diagnoses.  According to some predictions, we may be nearing a time when AI becomes more reliable than physicians at identifying a patient’s illness and perhaps even offering a treatment recommendation.  Integrating AI systems into medical decision-making in this and other ways of course raises important ethical, legal, and policy issues that need to be addressed.  Yet the focus of this presentation will be on a particular type of computing technology that requires attention as well: physically-embodied robots used to provide health care. Many types of robots are, or eventually will be, used in care environments.  For example, some robots are tasked with delivering prescription drugs to patients; others can function as cleaners, which could involve sweeping a patient’s floor.  There are also sophisticated robotic systems that assist with surgical procedures.  Other types, including robotic exoskeletons, are classified as prosthetic devices; these robots are designed to be physically attached to a patient and are sometimes used to assist with rehabilitation sessions.  Each of these technologies warrants a thorough ethical analysis. Yet the specific aim here is to identify ethical issues emerging from robots designed to serve as caregivers or companions. Engineers and other designers are creating robot caregivers to provide assistance, including at times comfort and support, to variety of populations. Children and older adults, for example, are often identified as potential users of the technology.  However, those involved in the design process for robot caregivers need to be cognizant of many emerging ethical concerns.  This presentation will provide an overview of some of these concerns, including that patients or others who interact with robots may “overtrust” the technology.  Another issue that will be discussed is whether the availability of robots may contribute to less frequent human-to-human interaction, including between patients and health care providers.
Alpha Eta Mu Beta (AEMB), the International Biomedical Engineering Honor Society, is committed to promoting ethics in the field of biomedical engineering. This year, AEMB is honored to host Dr. Jason Borenstein as our distinguished ethics speaker. Dr. Borenstein received his B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Philosophy from Emory University. He also attended the University of Miami where he received both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy. At the Georgia Institute of Technology, Dr. Borenstein serves as the Director of the Graduate Research Ethics Program and also the Associate Director of the Center for Ethics and Technology. He is also affiliated with the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Machines with a primary research area in collaborative robotics. His areas of interest are related to bioethics, engineering ethics, robot ethics, and research ethics. He is currently a Co-Principal Investigator on a five year project funded by the National Science Foundation entitled "Institutional Transformation: The Role of Service Learning and Community Engagement on the Ethical Development of STEM Students and Campus Culture". Dr. Borenstein is an advocate for effective communication amongst scientists and their audiences, and as a result he has utilized writing as his prime medium. For instance, he is the founder and former editor of the Journal of Philosophy, Science, and Law. Additionally, he assists in editing numerous publications such as the journal of Science and Engineering Ethics, the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, and Research Ethics for the National Academy of Engineering's Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science. Dr. Borenstein is also well published and his work has appeared in numerous professional journals including AI & Society, Communications of the ACM, Science and Engineering Ethics, the Journal of Academic Ethics, Ethics and Information Technology, IEEE Technology & Society, Accountability in Research, and the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review. For more information on Dr. Borenstein, please see his personal website

Event: Regulatory and Intellectual Property Protection Strategies (open to all attendees)
Date: Friday, October 19th, 2018
Start Time: 1.15pm - 2.45pm
Location: GWCC Georgia State Room
Session Co-Chairs: Teresa A Murray PhD and Alicia Fernandez-Fernandez, PhD, DPT

Learn important considerations for translating medical device designs from the classroom and the lab into commercially viable products to improve human health and wellbeing. Experts from the medical device industry will describe how to determine the market for a product and the pathways to gain regulatory approval (US and global). Additionally, a patent attorney will present strategies to protect intellectual property, another critically important step toward creating a commercially viable device.

This session is open to all conference attendees and is part of the Mentoring for INnovative Design Solutions (MINDS) Scholar Program, which is run by Alpha Eta Mu Beta and funded through the National Science Foundation.

Annual Chapter Report

Annual Chapter report are due in May. Please download the report from following template and submit it to us immediately. Thank you.
                                                               Annual Chapter Report

AEMB address change
Please take note of AEMB's new mailing address:
         2602 CR 600 East
         Mahomet, IL 61853


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